The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist

DVD - 2018
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In 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman (Taylor-Joy) knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. Full of hopes and dreams, she has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt (Hassell). But instead of Johannes, she's met by his cold sister Marin (Garai) and their servants (Squires, Essiedu) and quickly realizes that nothing is as it seems in the Brandt household. When Johannes finally appears he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive Miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways and seem to be predicting and unravelling the future with unsettling precision..
Publisher: Distributed by Roadshow Entertainment, Australia : 2018
2017. ,
Branch Call Number: DVD MINI
Characteristics: 1 DVD (156 min)


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LoganLib_Kirra Jul 31, 2018

The Miniaturist is an addictive three part series about a young newly married woman, her mysterious husband, an overbearing sister-in-law and a house for of secrets in 1680s Amsterdam.

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Dec 04, 2018

On the whole, it was a pleasant experience watching The Miniaturist. I would recommend it.

The story is enticing - a mystery, but not a whodunit. The period costumes of the Netherlands were done well and the miniatures cleverly crafted.

However, the story is rather slow moving at times especially in the first 2 episodes, and the interior of the home gloomy and poorly lit throughout the episodes making the rich interior decor a waste of time.

Does the story end after 3 episodes? It should not but it does. At the end of third episode, I expected another episode just to bring clarity as to why the miniatures were made by the strange willowy wispy woman with mesmerizing eyes and why she sent them the way she did, even when not asked. She was not a convincing character when she does speak up...
Not a neat finish!

Dec 01, 2018

A BBC three-part miniseries that tells the story of a lavish house, full of mysteries and innuendoes, of a rich Dutch Merchant who marries a young, beautiful but poor aristocratic lady set in 17th Century Amsterdam. The prosperous Dutch merchant must navigate the complex world of high society, appearances, guilds, imported perishable goods, Calvinism, an overbearing live-in sister, and the blurring line between friends and enemies. He purchases a doll's house which is an exact replica of his home to keep his young wife busy furnishing its empty rooms with her heart's desire.

Nov 26, 2018

Very slow, didn’t get my attention.

Nov 21, 2018

I wanted to like this series. It's three hours of great costumes, dark sets and lots of door slamming with a little bit of plot thrown in just wasn't that captivating.

Nov 16, 2018


Nov 06, 2018

Bizarre and not in an interesting way. I couldn't finish it, despite the adorable dresses & furniture.

Oct 20, 2018

Is a time when religious zealots ran the government and could pronounce sugar the worst drug to plague mankind (you can imagine the mirror image today) a gay man is ruined by a woman who hates his sister, a marriage is ruined by forces beyond the couple, and the Church works to destroy any person who doesn't bend to the "voice of God." Racial prejudice, homophobia, religious frenzy, corrupt courts, social stigma, and oh so much more that has not changes in 300 years. Please watch this.

Oct 20, 2018

Strange is a good descriptor. Pro-gay, anti-church tale of how people's lives are ruined by racism, homophobia, and religious hysteria. Probably the worst negative reviews are really about the fact that in the story women are the seat of power.

Oct 03, 2018

Strange, dark and depressing. Watched all 3 parts because I wanted to see the outcome. Did not end well for anyone.

Sep 29, 2018

This 3-episode BBC TV Mini-Series is based on the book by Jessie Burton (which the NVDPL carries in both LPF and F). It is a very unusual story set in seventeenth century Amsterdam. At times it is eerie, dark, sad, and disturbing; however, it is also beautiful and uplifting. Petronella shows remarkable character and strength for a young girl who discovers her husband is very different from other husbands. I wasn't too impressed with some of Johannes's actions but it is difficult not to sympathize with him.

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